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Loving Yourself

Loving Yourself

By Hugh Farquhar The Gospel Reading prescribed in the Lectionary for next Sunday is Matthew 22:34-40. It contains some of Jesus’ most memorable words, including: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Whitney Houston had a big hit that stayed on the charts for...

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Just Enough of God

Just Enough of God

by Hugh Farquhar The Revised Common Lectionary Reading from the Hebrew Scripture on Sunday is Exodus 33:12-23. The concluding verse is striking: “You shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.” Years ago, when the older two of our four children were small, we...

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Bearing Fruit

Bearing Fruit

Bearing Fruit  by Carolyn Crowell, To Touch the Mystery: Poetry for the Journey of Life. Carolyn is an educator, minister, theologian and writer in The United Church of Canada. She writes poems that reflect the presence of the Spirit in everyday life. Learn more and...

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Pam & Tilley Day 1

Pam & Tilley Day 1

Pam Harrison, a friend of the Prayer Bench, is spending the winter in Olhos da Agua, Portugal. She wonders how she will live in an area of the world that is the hub of coronavirus. "As of yesterday things sure changed!! The news and social media are so scary but the...

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Soul Songs: Psalm 95

Soul Songs: Psalm 95

LENT SOUL SONG VISUAL PRAYER Psalm 95 Holding in Care  "God holds in care the earth we walk upon, from its deep caverns, to mountain summits which meet the sky."  -Psalm 95 Read Psalm 95  What parts of this Psalm speak to you? Inspire, resonate or call to you in days...

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Soul Songs: Psalm 121

Soul Songs: Psalm 121

LENT SOUL SONG VISUAL PRAYER Psalm 121 Present to Life as it is.  “I walk into your wakefulness… And in the shadows … you preserve me from its evils.”  - Psalm 121 Read Psalm 121  What parts of this Psalm speak to you? Inspire, resonate or call to you? What feelings,...

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Soul Song: Psalm 32

Soul Song: Psalm 32

LENT SOUL SONG VISUAL PRAYER Psalm 32 Speaking the Truth of the Heart. “How blessed are those who live before their God without the weight of guilt … I spoke …. Uncovering it all.” Ps. 32 Read Psalm 32 What parts of this Psalm speak to you?...

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Inside Prayer

Inside Prayer

Inside Prayer “Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and went up the mountain to pray.” I was fortunate to visit the place where, by tradition, this story may have taken place, Mount Tabor in Galilee. We didn’t walk up the mountain. We drove. As we wound our...

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Starlight Stories for Advent 2019

Starlight Stories for Advent 2019

You’ll meet John’s childhood friend, Mary’s mother Anna, Joseph who is ready to flee, a shepherd who holds her post, and even a story from the Star herself. The stories are wonderful. Each one brings richness and depth to the human spiritual journey in the...

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